Lorraine Dusky

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About me

Gender Female
Industry Communications or Media
Occupation writer
Location Sag Harbor, New York, United States
Introduction I relinquished a daughter for adoption in 1966, and have been involved in adoption reform since the Seventies. With Florence Fisher, I was a founding member of the Adoptees Liberty Movement Association, the first large-scale adoptee-rights organization. In 1979, I published the first memoir from a natural mother's point of view, Birthmark, highly controversial in its time. Hole In My Heart: memoir and report from the fault lines of adoption, is the follow up that covers not only the relinquishment of my daughter, but also our reunion 15 years later and the subsequent relationship over the next quarter of a century until her death, as well as research that puts our story into a global context. I am also the author of several other books, Still Unequal: The Shameful Truth about Justice for Women in America and The Best Companies for Women. I have written for numerous national magazines about a variety of topics, including numerous pivotal pieces on adoption. The writer Anthony Brandt and I have been married for more than three decades. I started First Mother Forum in 2008, and am the chief administrator.
Interests Design and fashion, art, ballet, literature, backyard birdwatching, gardening, yoga, Pilates, feminism, politics, stories of revolutionary women (and men), the environment
Favorite Movies Not Juno. Fav adoption movies: Mother & Child, Rabbit-Proof Fence. Other movies: Dangerous Beauty, The Fighter, Say Anything, The Palm Beach Story, Born Yesterday, The Nasty Girl, Cabaret, All the President's Men.
Favorite Music Adele, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mary Carpenter, Billie Holiday, Igor Stravinsky, early English and Scottish folk music, baroque, some country, such as Lady Antebellum
Favorite Books Greek tragedies and comedies, the Jane Austen oeuvre, An Answer from Limbo, Wolf Hall, Some Roth, the Diary of Anne Frank, read when I was her age, influenced my work and life greatly

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